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Timor-Leste signs PIDF charter

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has welcomed Timor-Leste as part of the growing country members of the forum. The signing ceremony which was held at the PIDF Leaders’ Summit currently underway in Honiara, Solomon Islands, was witnessed by Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretary General, Mr François Martel and all PIDF members. MARTEL: “With Timor-Leste […]

Peni Shute

July 20, 2016 9:08 am

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has welcomed Timor-Leste as part of the growing country members of the forum.

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The signing ceremony which was held at the PIDF Leaders’ Summit currently underway in Honiara, Solomon Islands, was witnessed by Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretary General, Mr François Martel and all PIDF members.

MARTEL: “With Timor-Leste joining as our newest member, the vigour of our collective Pacific voice has gained momentum so we can continue to raise the profile of the Pacific realm globally and to ensure that “no one is left behind.”

HE Hernani Coelho da Silva, Foreign Affairs Minister of Timor-Leste signed the instrument of accession signalling their formal admission to the PIDF Charter.

Da SILVA: “Together we share the awareness and together we can tackle the pressing issues and challenges that our communities are facing, especially on the matter of the sustainability of Oceans, the link and source of livelihood of our people and the real threat that climate change is posing upon us.”

Secretary General Martel acknowledged the Government of Timor-Leste, in particular, the Hon. Prime Minster of East Timor Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo who due to their cabinet budgetary process was unable to attend the signing ceremony.

The Timor-Leste Minister for Foreign Affairs said that we are in the turning point of our century on the matter of climate change and that we need a concerted regional voice to advance these policies for each and everyone and that PIDF could champion this.

He also congratulated the outgoing Chair of PIDF, Hon. Prime Minister for the Republic of Fiji Islands for the excellent chairmanship and also wished the new chair, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands the very best in taking the PIDF to even greater heights.

Timor-Leste now becomes the 13th member of the PIDF (11 member state).

The Pacific Island Development Forum’s (PIDF) Secretary General Mr. Francois Martel has invited the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Hon. Rui Maria de Araujo to become a full-member of PIDF.

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The Pacific Island Development Forum’s Secretary General Mr. Francois Martel with the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Hon. Rui Maria de Araujo. (PIDF)

The meeting was an opportunity to acknowledge the incredible hospitality of the people of Timor-Leste and to establish closer links between PIDF and Timor-Leste which is a foundational member of PIDF.

The Former Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao was the keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting in 2013 and Timor-Leste has been one of the greatest donors to PIDF to date.

PIDF’s Mr. Martel shared the latest developments of the organisation and invited the PM to collaborate and engage further by signing the Charter to become a full-member of the PIDF.

Timor-Leste participated in all PIDF summits in the past three years.

With the special location of Timor-Leste, sitting between Asia and the Pacific, and mindful of the recent history of the country, discussions revolved around the relevance of the south-south cooperation and potential areas of support for PIDF to support Timor-Leste in achieving its sustainable development goals.

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